Good Grief! This may be an engaging novel, but I'll never know because I could not get past the reader's awful consonant crunching Noo Yawk accent, sibilant Sssthes, sing-song delivery and pauses in the middle of sentences where there's no comma, much less a period! I have listened to hundreds of audio books with dozens of different readers and this one was - bar none - the worst! I pity Colson Whitehead that his audible audience is missing out on some decent writing because it is ruined by such atrocious delivery. Total fail!
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
I'm so sorry, but I just could not finish this book. I got the book because the Arizona Republic designated it as the book of the month. It's just awful. I could care less about any of the characters, an the reader is just plain boring. I got through Book 1 (downloa 1) and I just couldn't waste any more time on the 2nd download. Save your money as this is just not a good book.
I was expecting more from this book. After reading the reviews, I thought I would enjoy it more. I found myself being forced to finish. The story was interesting, but the way it was read and the feel of it didn't move me along with the story.
Just my thoughts.
The audio version is a great way to experience this novel. It's more mood than plot, and the performance enhances the tone of the novel, allowing it to envelop the listener.
The plot is difficult to follow at some points and doesn't move in a straight line, containing many long flashbacks and stream-of-consciousness musings by the narrator. It is NOT your traditional zombie novel.
I found myself getting lost in the expertly-crafted descriptions of a world in chaos. There are some funny moments that lighten the mood a bit, but the novel is definitely a dark one. The characters wouldn't necessarily be believable if you were to hear about them outside of the setting of the novel, but Whitehead makes them believable and explains their quirks well. The characterization made me really like the people in the story.
If you want a standard zombie story with a lot of action, this isn't it. Those who would like to take on a literary experience in an apocalyptic setting and who don't mind taking the scenic route from beginning to end will enjoy Zone One.
Overall the story line is pretty interesting and there are some creepy moments when I was listening. The only real issue I had was there are a few times when the author goes off on kind of a tangent of description or something and I can't really understand what it is contributing to the story. If anything, those few times kind of distracted me from the fact that the characters are trying to dodge zombies. Thankfully those moments are few and far between and I really enjoyed the book overall.
It took a while to get into this book. The story telling is not straight forward, but once I got used to the style I did enjoy it. It was like listening to Zombie Jazz! Did I just write that? Sheeeesh...
I loved the book and loved the narration but since I multitask while listening I struggled with this one. The jumping around from present to past and back all in the same thought made a typical story untypical. Most of the secondary characters beg for their stories to be told so can we look forward to a prequel or sequel?
Mr. Whitehead did very well. This is a wonderful addition to my (Zombie Survival Guide) collection. Try it, get into it and concentrate. Whether you like it or not...I'll meet Colson @ the terminal.
Middle of the pack.
To quote the novel: "Hope is a gateway drug. Just say no!"
If you love post-apocalyptic fiction and have wanted a more sophisticated treatment in terms of style and narrative, then this is your book. Whitehead creates fascinating characters and a mesmerizing plot but it's his stylistic pyrotechnics that set this book apart from others probing the same subject.
Beyond the heavy prose, the author revealed an urban writing style.
The prim media consultant from Buffalo was interesting because she seemed oblivious to the realities in this new world.
Mr. Bennett performed the characters excellently.
Each encounter with zombies, had it's fear cycle to go through. It seemed logical that you would have to deal with the fear this way, or die quickly.